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Finance and unemployment: new panel evidence

Dong-Hyeon Kim, Ting-Cih Chen and Shu-Chin Lin

Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 2019, vol. 22, issue 4, 307-324

Abstract: The effect of credit market imperfections on unemployment is largely investigated in the context of financial crises. This paper shifts the focus toward financial development and structure in a panel of advanced and developing countries. Some important findings emerge. Unemployment increases with financial development and concentration in banking markets but decreases with market orientation, the effect is stronger in magnitudes for young workers than female ones. More rigid market regulation increases unemployment. These findings are particularly pronounced for countries with higher income, better developed financial sectors, lower income inequality, greater trade openness, higher democracy, and common-law systems.

Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1080/17487870.2018.1451750

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